Garrycastle GAA club notes
20 March 2017
Tearz in Your Eyes
Rehearsals and preparations are in full swing for the big show in the Radisson at 8pm on Saturday night. All sorts of local talent will be on display - comedians, musicians, singers and dancers. It’s a fun night where you’ll see people you might associate with the football field coming outside their comfort zone. Tickets are available from club members, both mens’ and ladies’ clubs. Proceeds from the event will go towards building two new dressing rooms to facilitate underage teams.
Terry & Fergie say thanks to all who supported their fundraising venture in Dan’s on Sunday week last. Everyone who attended went away well fed and happy.
St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Thanks to all the young players who braved the weather conditions and represented Garrycastle Club in the big parade. Well done to Ellen Glennon and Ursula and Jim McHugh who prepared the float and to all the musicians, actors and dancers who provided the entertainment. Finally thanks to Alo Daly for providing the transport.
Sunday Morning Training
Our nursery under 8 and 10 players are back into training every Sunday morning at 11am. Thanks to the ladies who provide the refreshments. This will be continuing every Sunday morning and new players are welcome.
Minor League (Division 2)
GARRYCASTLE 1-10 MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS 1-4
Garrycastle minors made it two wins from two in the minor football league with a well-deserved victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in wind swept Garrycastle last Sunday morning. Playing with the aid of the strong wind in the first period, it was important that Garrycastle got off to a good start and Jason Nugent put his side into the lead with a pointed free in their first attack. Mullingar Shamrocks soon levelled matters with a converted free of their own. However, a fine point from Jack O’Connor nudged Garrycastle in front again. The same player added his second point, and Garrycastle’s third, in the 12th minute. Jason Nugent then added a point from play as Garrycastle began to reflect their superiority in general play on the scoreboard. However, in a rare attack Mullingar Shamrocks managed to open up the Garrycastle defence but Matthew McBride made a smart save to prevent a goal for the visitors. In the 23rd minute Garrycastle built a good attack from their defence and it finished with a well taken goal from the Garrycastle full-forward, Oisin Langan. Jason Nugent added his second point from a free to extend the Garrycastle lead. Colm Lynch broke forward from his wing-back position to fire over a fine point as half time approached. This was the last score of the half and it finished with Garrycastle leading by 1-6 to 0-1.
Given that Mullingar Shamrocks would have the strong breeze in their favour on the resumption, it was clear that Garrycastle would have to battle hard to secure victory. The visitors had a bright start to the second period and reduced the gap with a pointed free. Garrycastle’s other wing-back, Cillian Lyons, was on the end of a good attack and pointed to restore Garrycastle’s eight point advantage. Mullingar Shamrocks came more into the game and their efforts were rewarded with a good goal in the 42nd minute. The visitors added a point from play in the 47th minute to reduce the gap to just five points with plenty of time remaining. A further point reduced the gap even further. However, Garrycastle steadied matters with a Jason Nugent point from play. Dylan Keegan then stepped up with a fine point to close out the game as Garrycastle won on a score-line of 1-10 to 1-4.
This was a good team performance, as Garrycastle got good scores in both half’s and defended well, particularly against the wind in the second period. There were particularly notable performances from Matius O’Neill, Eoin Mulvihill and Cillian Lyons in defence. Matthew McBride was solid in goal and made a vital save in the first period. Dara Mulvihill worked tirelessly in midfield throughout. The half forward line of Jack O’Connor, Jason Nugent and Dylan Keegan all contributed scores. Oisin Langan’s goal in the first half put Garrycastle firmly on the path to victory.
GARRYCASTLE: Mathew McBride, Robert Kelly, Matius O’Neill, Jack Fitzgerald, Colm Lynch (0-1), Eoin Mulvihill, Cillian Lyons (0-1), Brian Ruane, Dara Mulvihill, Jack O’Connor (0-2), Jason Nugent (0-4, 2f), Dylan Keegan (0-2), Patrick McKiernan, Oisin Langan (1-0) and Eoin Kenny.
Don’t forget to pay your membership fees which are now over due. It will be possible to register in the clubhouse from 11 – 12 for the next few Sunday mornings. Otherwise registrar William Leahy will look after you.
Next weekend is a busy weekend with fixtures. The division 3 team play St Lomans at home on Friday night at 8pm, the division 1 team will play Rosemount away on Saturday at 2.30pm and the division 5 team have Mullingar Shamrocks at home on Sunday at 4pm.
Annual lotto tickets are now on sale. Anyone who pays the year’s sub before the end of March will be entered into a draw for some great prizes as well as being in all the draws for the next twelve months. Tickets can be purchased from Michael Mannion, Michael Gantley and John Ruane. The Lotto numbers for Monday March 13h 2017 were 7, 10, 23, 25. There was no Jackpot winner. There was no Match3 winner. Next weeks jackpot is 5500€. The match3 prize will be 200€.